Monday, November 24, 2014

Ham and Cranberry Sauce Quesadilla

It appears I will be going to Tennessee over Thanksgiving.  We are going to go to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.  The idea is to camp, but that might not happen given the weather predictions.  I like camping, but I don't like being cold.  

 We are leaving DC the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, thus traffic will be terrible.  The weather forecast says it might rain or snow Wednesday night.  It could be a slow trip that night, but every once in a while I enjoy a long road trip.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Soy and Sriracha Glazed Brussels Sprouts

I saw the third Hunger Games movie yesterday.  I think it is called Mocking Jay.  I read the first two books and was partway through the third book when I realized it wasn't going to end well. I like my stories to end happily.

Instead of finishing the book, I jumped to the last chapter and read it.  After reading the last chapter, I had no desire to read the middle.  That isn't the first time I have read the last chapter of a book and decided it wasn't for me.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mango Chutney and Ham Pizza

My roommate recently told me there is no savory dish that can't be improved with cheese and no dessert that can't be improved with chocolate.

I think I would have to agree.  You have an especially deadly combination when you combine chocolate and creamy milk products, like in chocolate cheesecake or chocolate ice cream.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lime and Coconut Muffin

Well hello winter!  It was so cold today in DC.  I wore a long sleeve shirt, a sweater, and a scarf.  Pretty soon I'll start wearing tights under my pants.

In other news, I used ten pounds free weights in my gym class today.  It was a first for me.  When I started taking this gym class, I used 5 pound weights.  I moved up to 8 pounds about a month ago.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Sandwich

I have two major complaints about winter:  my toes are perpetually cold and my skin is dry regardless of how much lotion I use.

My hands are often cold, but cold hands don't bother me as much as cold feet.  I'm sure as the winter progresses, my list of complaints will get longer and longer.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cobb Salad

My favorite salad is a Cobb salad.  I'm pretty sure it is because of the avocado, bacon, and blue cheese.  Because it is a salad, I can eat bacon and be healthy.

This Cobb salad actually is healthy because I used turkey bacon and a low calorie dressing.  Of course, I used twice as much dressing as necessary.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chicken Pad Thai

Happy Veteran's Day!  I hope you do something special to commemorate the day.  I might end up commemorating Veteran's Day by staying in bed and nursing my sore throat.  I am feeling under the weather.

I have wanted to make Pad Thai for a while, but all the recipes require tamarind paste.  I looked at the grocery stores near me to no avail.  I visited a Korean grocery store while shopping at a thrift store with friends.  Among the unending row of sauces and pastes, they carried blocks of tamarind paste.